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Tips for Maintaining a Beautiful Smile

oral healthWhen life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade, but be sure to brush your teeth and rinse with water after because acidity wears away at the enamel. When life is really throwing you lemons, dental hygiene might not be the first thing to come to mind with all the other problems in the way. But maintaining good oral health will ensure that you don’t run into bigger problems later on and ensuring less trips to the emergency dentist.

How To Get A Beautiful Smile

Health and beauty really do go hand in hand. If you want a beautiful smile, you must do your best to maintain good dental hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. Your dental health is affected by many factors. Improving your overall health will have a positive impact on your dental health as well, and vice versa, maintaining bad habits will negatively impact your dental health. If you want to keep a beautiful smile all day long, all year long, and for a lifetime, follow these helpful guidelines:


  • Improve Your Oral Health Through Diet

Diet has a crucial role in almost every facet of health. Bad foods can cause weight gain, skin conditions, fatigue, and a consistently bad diet can also negatively impact your mental health. Foods that contain too much sugar or oil are not doing your teeth or your body any good. Conversely, foods rich in nutrients like green veggies and lean proteins strengthen the body and the immune system, giving your gums and teeth the strength they need to stay healthy.


  • Exercise Regularly

It’s the one thing that you probably hear from your doctor far too often. Regular exercise improves overall health, but it also improves circulation, which is great for the gums. Treating your body well from head to toe, inside and out, will really make a difference all around. Gum disease is less prevalent in individuals who maintain a normal BMI and exercise regularly. The body is a system whose individual parts only work their best when the entire body is treated well.


  • Floss Daily

Floss gets rid of the plaque that builds between the teeth, the stuff that a toothbrush can’t quite reach. Flossing everyday helps to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay. When plaque and tartar builds up under the gum lines it can cause periodontal disease, a painful and preventable condition that can lead to irreversible damage and tooth loss. Make flossing a daily habit and you’ll maintain a beautiful smile for years to come.


  • See Your Hygienist Twice Yearly

Getting a thorough cleaning from a dental hygienist twice a year promotes good oral health. Dental hygienists will remove any built up plaque or tartar that you might not have removed, and they will also examine the mouth for signs of cavities or other health conditions that manifest in the mouth. If you neglect to see your hygienist, you could develop periodontal disease.


  • Brush Twice a Day

It might seem redundant, but brushing twice a day is essential to preventing plaque build-up. If you only brush in the morning, you’ve got 23 hours’ worth of plaque building in your gums, eventually hardening into tartar. Brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, ensure that plaque is removed before it gets a chance to build and harden under the gum line. Brushing more frequently will also keep teeth whiter.

I take really good care of my teeth. Do I still need to come in for regular check-ups?

preventing tooth decayNearly everyone looks at the smiles of their favorite celebrities and wonders how those famous faces got such bright and blinding smiles. The simple answer to the question is… with regular cleanings and exams! Far too many people assume that they only need to see a dentist when they feel pain, but a dental check-up is something that everyone should do regularly to keep a dazzling smile.

Brushing and flossing are crucial to good oral health, but professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Ted Morgan at Morgan Dental Care are the key to disease prevention. Even those who brush and floss can see plaque buildup on their teeth, but a good dentist can remove that plaque and tartar as well as keep an eye out for anything serious that may develop down the road.

Routine cleanings and exams at Morgan Dental Care can help you keep a healthy smile. Exams typically include x-rays so we can see inside your teeth and make sure nothing serious is developing. A good cleaning of built-up plaque and tarter will make your teeth shine. Patients of Dr. Morgan at Morgan Dental Care can also use the exam to learn more about the best prevention methods to improve dental health.

Oral health starts at home, but there is only so much a person can do at home. If you want to improve your oral health and hygiene and learn more about the prevention of tooth diseases call us at Morgan Dental Care and schedule an exam and cleaning. Two check-ups per year help to identify potential problems and improve your smile!

To learn more about how to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime, contact Dr. Ted Morgan and Dr. Amanda Rockwood at Morgan Dental Care today!

Contact Morgan Dental Care today and schedule an appointment (207) 839-2655. 

Morgan Dental Care- serving the Greater Portland Maine area: Gorham, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Windham, Scarborough, Standish, and the surrounding areas.

What exactly are dental implants?

There’s nothing funny about a gapped smile. When someone has to endure the discomfort of broken or missing teeth, they just don’t feel like smiling. Fortunately, modern dentistry and dental implants can permanently restore a radiant smile. The many benefits of dental implants can dramatically improve the appearance and health of a dental implant patient. Dr. Ted Morgan, a general dentist in Gorham, Maine, has the expertise to help you improve your smile, restoring it to its natural, youthful radiance.
Dental Implants

Permanent Dental Implants In Gorham Maine

Permanent dental implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth that dental technology has to offer. There are many brands and designs of implants available. The specific implant technology selected by Dr. Morgan will depend on the location of the implant, the design of the implant and the mass and kind of bone you have.
Dental implant technology is superior to removable dentures in a number of ways. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, implants can restore a patient’s health and personal confidence. Permanent dental restoration with implant dentistry can make it possible for a patient to begin eating foods that they have been avoiding for many years. Their teeth will be properly aligned and their bite will be stronger than ever, making it possible to chew and speak normally again.
Since implants act very much like natural teeth, bone loss and gum deterioration are substantially reduced. Missing teeth cause the loss of the bone that previously held those teeth. A dental implant is very much like having a natural tooth root again. Implant technology is the most durable and strongest form of tooth replacement and the team at Morgan Dental Care in Gorham, Maine, have a long track record of improving patient smiles. A mouth full of teeth that are secure and stable is a great reason to smile.

The gums around two of my teeth are really sore and inflamed. Is this serious?


A tooth can become abscessed when the root or surrounding gum tissue becomes severely infected. It most often occurs because of an untreated Emergency Dentistrycavity or advanced gum disease or traumatic injury to the tooth. Anything that causes damage or infection of the pulp in the core of a tooth can cause an abscess such as poor oral health.

What is a Tooth Abscess?

Abscessed tooth symptoms include a severe toothache that doesn’t get better after a few days, pain when chewing, an increase in sensitivity levels, bad breath, redness and pain in the gums, fever, draining pus and swelling around the neck. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth could potentially be very dangerous, even life-threatening. It’s important to see us at Morgan Dental Care as soon as any of these symptoms become noticeable.

Most tooth abscesses can be avoided by simply following good dental care routines. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, will go a long way in keeping teeth and gums in a healthy state. It is also important to see a dentist regularly for routine care, and also immediately after any major accident that causes a chip, break or loosening of a tooth. A lack of intense pain is not necessarily an indicator that everything is fine. Very often it takes a long time before symptoms develop, but the damage is getting worse even while there is no pain.

The most important part of abscess treatments is getting the infection under control, especially if the infection is severe. Any time there is swelling around a tooth or in the gum, it is important to talk to Dr. Morgan so he can assess the situation.

To learn more about treating and repairing a tooth abscess, call Dr. Ted Morgan and Dr. Amanda Rockwood at Morgan Dental Care today!

Contact Morgan Dental Care today and schedule an appointment (207) 839-2655. 

Morgan Dental Care- serving the Greater Portland Maine area: Gorham, Westbrook, Portland, South Portland, Windham, Scarborough, Standish, and the surrounding areas.

Why Is It Important To Floss Daily?

Floss DailyDental flossing recommendations have not changed much over the years. Dentists and dental hygienists are still recommending that people floss at least once a day. Individuals can benefit greatly from making flossing a daily habit. Below are some of the reasons daily flossing is essential:

Cavity Prevention

A cavity can develop when the surface of the tooth has plaque. Plaque is a deposit that has a color close to the color of the tooth. It consists mostly of bacteria and the toxins the bacteria produces that can trigger gum disease, plus acids that cause tooth decay. (more…)

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist in Southern Maine

Cosmetic DentistImproving your smile can boost your confidence, your ability to connect with people, and possibly even your income. But finding the right cosmetic dentist in southern Maine is paramount to getting the outcome you want. Just as plastic surgeons may not specialize in every procedure available, a cosmetic dentist may not offer every improvement you’d like to explore. When finding a cosmetic dentist for your needs, there are certain questions you should ask to ensure he or she is the right fit for you. Here are some points to keep in mind during your initial consultation. (more…)

Looking for a Good Dentist in the Greater Portland Maine Area? Meet Dr. Morgan

dr-ted-morganConveniently located on Main Street in Gorham, Dr. Ted Morgan, DDS has a proud history of serving the community for more than a quarter of a century and continues to offer patients quality, comprehensive oral care and friendly, first class customer service. The greater Portland, Maine, area dentist and his highly trained, professional team whose combined experience totals over 200 years(!), offer patients a full range of services. They share a common goal of helping patients achieve and maintain better health.

Patients looking for a general dentist in Maine choose Dr. Morgan for dental services that include oral examinations, imaging, diagnosis and preventive services. The comprehensive treatment modalities that Morgan Dental Care offers include restorative, cosmetic, sedation, emergency and implant dentistry. (more…)

Need Help Paying for Your Dental Expenses? Morgan Dental Care Can Help!

Medical BillsFinding a nearby dentist that accepts a patient’s dental insurance can be a real nightmare. Some practices do not even accept new patients who are uninsured.  Other practices may offer the services that patients desperately need, but they are not providers on a patient’s insurance plan network. In addition, some potential patients might not be able to work out payment plans with offices that accept uninsured patients. There’s not a lot of good options in the Gorham area for those who struggle to obtain regular health insurance, let alone dental coverage. This is where Dr. Morgan has stepped in to provide a plan to help local people who have lost or are losing dental insurance or those who just want a way to make their dental care more affordable. (more…)

Oral Sedation in Gorham, Maine: What to Expect

Oral Sedation GorhamMore than half of all adults fear going to the dentist. Innovations in dental procedures include the option of receiving oral sedation at varying levels. Using oral medications (no needles), dentists at Morgan Dental Care perform a variety of procedures while patients remain in a state of complete relaxation, often falling asleep during procedures they used to dread. After receiving specialized training and licensing, dentists administer the appropriate medications based on individual needs. The sedation technique is designed to calm fears and minimize discomfort. (more…)

Correcting Your Smile with Dental Veneers – How it’s Done!

Smile Dental VeneerDental veneers are thin, hard, customized coverings designed to enhance the cosmetic appearance of existing teeth. Bonded to the front of a tooth, the covering can alter tooth color, length, shape or size. The ceramic materials usually used to create dental veneers are stain-resistant, reflect light naturally and blend with surrounding teeth.

Why Veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry that provide a cost-effective treatment for correcting a number of dental appearance problems, which include:

  • Discoloration that may occur from fluoride or medications, darkening following root canal therapy or altered coloration of resin fillings
  • Injuries that may cause tooth chipping or breaking
  • Genetic abnormalities that may create unsightly gaps, misalignment or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Severely worn teeth


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